My family likes to kid about me being cheap. I remind them the right word is “frugal.” Sure, our Saturn is more than 12 years old and has well over 100,000 miles on it. But it still runs just fine. And I do make my own brown bag lunch with a couple of ham-and-cheese sandwiches. But I like ham and cheese and it is less expensive than buying lunch.
I am a big believer in the adage that if you watch your pennies, your dollars take care of themselves. And just as I am frugal with my own money, I believe your government should operate with that same sensibility. I call it my Brown Bag Guide to Government:
- Don’t spend more than you have.
- Smaller government is better government.
- People create jobs, not government.
I take that the same approach to my county budget, cutting out excess and finding ways to do more, with less, and we’ve had success. We’ve cut the debt by 10%, the county work force by 20%, and I’ve introduced eight consecutive budgets with zero increase to the property tax levy from the previous year.
As I continue my travels across Wisconsin, I plan to meet with workers and families at brown bag lunches in all corners of our state, listening to suggestions and concerns of and sharing my Brown Bag Guide to Government. In addition to my lunches, I’m launching a new website www.brownbagmovement.com where you can share your thoughts on how to get government out of the way and get Wisconsin back to work!
If we can get back to these principles, we will get government out of the way and help the private sector create 250,000 or more jobs by the end of my first term! Join us today at www.brownbagmovement.com!
PS – don’t forget to join us at www.brownbagmovement.com!